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  1. Possum_RN

    How do you feel about B's?

    "C's make degrees!" Even doctors have an equivalent saying: "C=M.D." one of my friends has a T-shirt that says "75% - that means I know 3 out of 4 diseases, so the odds are good!" I was always a solid A student. Squeaked though nursing with C's, but I was also dealing with some routine life crises, as one does. And 40% of the class I began Nursing 101 with failed out before the end, so.....I just can't hate myself for that. As long as you are retaining information, don't get too caught up in your letter grades. Aim high, but forgive yourself (and others), if you don't attain your normal.
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    Student Charge Nurse out of line

    So true, So true. At first the drama is like a small potted plant you can set aside on a window sill, the next thing you know.... [ATTACH=CONFIG]27522[/ATTACH]
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    Can I please get a Parking Spot!

    Interesting! I worked as a CNA at a regional hospital in the deep South. I parked with the nurses, on a designated floor of the the parking deck for night shift staff - cameras and lights for our safety. We did have to leave the parking deck by 9am - day shift parked around the side of the building, with a slightly longer walk to the door....but nothing an able-bodied worker could not handle. My car was in the deck a few times "after hours", like when I met my study group at the hospital during the day, and I never got a ticket. They were pretty lenient, from what I could see: I'm sure if there was a public event or something I might have gotten a ticket, but it was not ever a problem for me. From what I understood, the parking was included - the decal came with your badge. No itemized fee, in any case. Hats off to all you urban nurses! The hoops you have to jump though blow my mind!
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    What kind of nurse are you?

    Hey, me too! I love it: I worked as a CNA on med/surg at my local hospital, and decided it was not for me: I loved my co-workers and admired their work ethic and team-mindset, their grace under fire....but it didn't call to me. I like taking time to talk to people and understand their challenges. I like the clear focus on the patient as an individual. I like providing comfort, and the many ways that can happen. I love what I do, and love that there are so many 'flavors' of nursing out there!
  5. Welcome to the nursing world! I obtained my ADN last May, so the needs of the program are still very fresh in my mind. My best piece of advice is to always keep your cool. As Accolay alluded to, many instructors can be 'crabby', to put it mildly. In clinicals, for example, maybe you're taking 5 min at a computer to look up the lab values/new orders/ test results for your patients, because you just finished your rounds and know you have to give a full SBAR report on them before you can go to lunch....the instructor comes by and loudly chides you in the hallway for sitting around when you should be doing patient care. You give them your reasoning, but they don't want to hear it, so you log out of the computer, go find something hands-on to do with the patient...and then you get a second tongue-lashing for being unprepared to give SBAR later! Keep your cool. Be professional. Sometimes it feels like they WANT to see you fail, or like they are doing everything in their power to break you. I saw so many students crack and run off at the mouth because they could not keep their cool and got overwhelmed... and for whatever reason, they didn't make it though the program. You have your reasons for doing what you do, and so do they. Like not.done.yet said, they feel the pressure of preparing you for an independent nursing role in a limited amount of time, and they also feel the stress of keeping in the clinical site's good graces....they will be HARD on you. I always found it helpful to "debrief" later, off the floor - either during lunch, in their office the next day, or asking them to meet with you quickly after clinicals: don't complain, ask pertinent questions like "My understanding is that you were upset I took too long looking up lab values for this patient. Is there an easier and quicker way to obtain this information you could help me with?" Sometimes I got short, sharp replies, most times I got helpful answers, and rarely, I got an apology for misunderstandings. But I always showed a willingness to communicate professionally and self-improve. My room mate is going though the "semester from hell" in our local program. I reminded her that at the end of it all, when you pass the class, when you pass the NCLEX....you will then likely need to ask your clinical instructors for one last favor - job references. Sometimes you'll ask them for a letter of recommendation, sometimes to fill out an emailed survey from your prospective employer, maybe just a phone call.....but you will be asking them for a BIG favor: they are your friends, even when it does NOT feel like it As far as the classes themselves, my advice is roughly the same: keep your cool, come prepared, organize your time to make room for study. Don't get discouraged if you don't make the grade you want: turn to your instructors for help - most might seem like battle axes, but they are happy to help a student who asks! You seem like a mature person who has a lot of personal experience with professional communication to draw on - you got this!
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    To those who feel that the OP and supporters are "bad nurses"... I always think of Maslow's hierarchy of needs: on many floors and fields, we have to provide basic physiological care and safety before we can address inadequate coping mechanisms and psychosocial needs. Some patients need our attention for immediate safety needs. These come first, and sometimes because of the roll of the dice, we deal with several at a time, and they are not resolved quickly - resources (time, staff, emotional energy, caloric intake) run thin. And yes, some patients need their pillows adjusted because they can't raise their arms: we need the time to do this....not adjust pillows for the patient who just wants attention. Some patients are acting out for attention because they have underlying stressors and inadequate coping mechanisms: we need the time to assess and deal with this...and so on. A violent patient who is dead-set on finding a punching bag, a patient who wants a personal assistant and is disrupting critical care on another patient, a demanding family member who is coping with loss of control by trying to forcibly take it back....all of these things further complicate our job. Do they have valid needs too? Sure, but it's not always what they're asking for. It's OK to express frustration with that. To dismiss it with "get out of nursing" or "simply re-read my response X number of pages ago where I told you to make better eye contact".... well. I question y'alls cool heads in difficult, high-stress situations if you can't even read these responses without belittling the HUMANS behind the posts.
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    Even factoring out the whole moral issue of being a jerk to someone who is just doing their job... I would, from a completely selfish standpoint, never mess with anyone handing my food/drinks/meds. I would never mess with anyone I depended on to bathe/evaluate/ resuscitate me etc. I just don't get it. Emotions run high with stress, and I try to remember how stressed patients are...but threats and assaults should never be tolerated. Behaviors that impede the care of of other patients should not be tolerated. There needs to be protocols to address these things swiftly....the fact that we are not backed up on this is insane.
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    Reportable BRN incidents

    Goodness....I'm so sorry, I know you must be stressed and want words of comfort right now. But you must realize that your actions looks like textbook drug diversion? The documentation you provided, you admitted was false, so there is no record of where that substance went - to the patient, to you, to your grandma, to your fellow nurse's grandma.... Lawyer up. Diversion of a controlled drug is most certainly a reportable offense. And next time....just fill out the freaking incident report! The side-eye/ note on your annual eval/ verbal warning/ write-up is nothing compared to this ****-show. Best of luck to you.
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    Mandatory Uniforms

    Well...I really like both, to be honest, and have worked in both situations. At the hospital, it WAS nice, because travel nurses/ float pool/ student nurses/ other staff could easily identify who was a tech and who was a nurse by sight. Sure, the patients and families didn't really know who's scope-of-practice was whose, but the staff did, and I think it did help things run smoothy. In the LTC where I worked, it seemed like more of a control issue. Of particular note was that all the NA's wore khaki...we looked like the cast of Orange is the New Black: I was called Nikki (I'd like to say I looked less drug-addicted and more polished than Nikki, but after a 12-hour night shift on the Alzheimer's unit, I guess the resemblance was more canny than I care to admit). Now I get to wear whatever color I want to at work, and the world is my oyster! What colors are on the sales rack of my local uniform store....who cares? It's all for me! Wheeee!
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    Interview Attire?

    I've worn roughly the same thing to interviews for every job I've ever had: a sleeveless sheath dress (TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross have these style dresses go on sale all the time), a neutral-colored blazer or cardigan over it, minimal jewelry, nude hose if seasonally appropriate, and neutral-colored low heels. Each piece can be mixed/matched later with casual outfits...and if anyone invites me to a nice dinner :) Basically, this look: [ATTACH=CONFIG]27450[/ATTACH] In the big bag, I keep a notebook and pen for taking down notes/ interviewers names for thank-you cards later, and a file with copies of my resume, references, and cover letter. I wore that, even when applying to Dunkin' Donuts as a teen. I'm glad you got the job, congratulations!!! But, as others have pointed out, some hiring managers will expect a more 'polished' look. Not a bad idea to invest in some pieces that can up your interview game later!
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    Looking for Nursing Shoe Recommendations!

    I loved Dickies zigzag clogs when I was in school.. they have a strap along the back, but they may still be considered "open-back"? I got them when allheart was running a "buy one Dickies item, get one 50% off", so I got my scrub bottoms and those at the same time - they were $15 with the sale. Lasted me all though school, though they're scuffed now. I wear Klogs's Tucker now, and really like them. I really recommend you go to a uniform store and try some pairs on - remember, besides comfort, look for weight as well. I had some Cherokee clogs that I spent a pretty penny on that felt like I had two bricks strapped to my feet by the end of a clinical day!
  12. These high-end scrubs like FIGS and Jaanuu....my god, who had $45+ dollars to spend on scrub singles?! I guess if you have the salary to do that, fantastic... but I just don't understand it! I'll just be over here, thinking my $28 Purple Label scrubs are faaaancy. I'm not sure if it's really a trend, but the asymmetrical/creative necklines bother me. I don't have much cleavage to speak of, so gaping when leaning over a patient can be a big problem - I wont buy something online without trying it on first. I mean, I like feeling fashionable and looking polished, but give me a standard high-v neck top any day.
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    LTC nurses...

    Well...I've had the same experience. It's true that CNAs might not always be aware of where the nurse is/ what they are doing (their charting is often much more intensive than ours, for example, and I don't begrudge them sitting to do it). However, when the nurse is sitting behind a glass-fronted nurses station with the door closed, where i can see them reading a romance book, or crocheting, or when a nurse asks me (when I was a CNA) to "check Mr. ____'s skin when you turn him", then charts a skin assessment on him based on what I said....Yes, there are lazy, awful LTC nurses. There are also MANY fantastic ones. I also worked as a CNA on a med/surg floor, and although there are nurses who I did not consider to be stellar, it never reached the same level of lazy/dangerous nursing I saw in LTC. So, I can totally sympathize with the OP's comments. However: observe management. At the LTC facility where I worked, the management stayed in their offices, one floor away from patient care. There was the scheduling manager whose office was on the floor, but all managers kept their door closed and rarely took a stroll-though to see how the staff was operating. At the hospital, the management was up our (nurses and CNAs) butts all the time: stressful, but ultimately a good thing for work culture. It depends on numerous factors, but a bad work culture seems to thrive when management thinks that reviewing charts and statistics beats directly observing care. I concluded it had more to do with that than the type of facility itself. I just finished nursing school. My heart is in LTC- I loved each and every one of my residents. I'm self-motivated and love the thought of using down-time to spend on direct patient care....even though I do love me some trashy romance and crocheting I'm going into end-of-life care for nursing. When I feel burned-out and unappreciated...I'll keep in mind the terrible and the good nurses, and pick my side.
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    Why such a push to get more men into nursing?

    I think the point is that there is still a stigma attached to nursing as a" female profession", like teaching, secretarial work, cooks, etc. You mention that you've "never been a fan of any push to get any people of any gender, ethnicity, or race into any specific field", but the fact is that there are stigmas that prevent certain demographics from being encouraged to join certain fields. These campaigns are an effort to remove such stigmas and encourage people to join fields based on "each person's merits and desires as they relate to the field"...not on demographics.
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    Help on Cover Letter

    I agree with KelRN215. My English major skills are no longer sharp - I'm not sure if it's a matter of passive voice or a misplaced modifier or what the technical explanation is for each example - but the sentences could be re-written: "I am inspired by __hospital's__ mission to improve the quality of health in the San Fernando Valley, as I have a deep connection to this community. "As a new graduate, I seek learning opportunities to become a professional, experienced nurse and provide the best quality of care to my patients." "I get great satisfaction from improving the quality of life for patients, and for the community at large." "I look forward to continuing my journey to experienced nurse, and hope to take that journey with you." But those are just isolated examples - you want the whole cover letter to flow naturally. Your school may have a writing center in the library that will help you focus each paragraph. Good luck!
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    Resume boosters

    Honestly? I compared resumes with a few in my nursing class, and there really seems to be no "magic recipe" for resumes. Like Sour Lemon, my stable job history was the "focus" of my resume: mine is a 'minimalist' chronological resume - just a clean list of jobs/education/clinical experience/certifications/extracurriculars with times and dates. Others in my class had in-depth descriptions of responsibilities and objective statements....this is known as a "functional" resume, and focuses on skills over job history. I would say that if your resume is more skills-based, do your research: if they mention something in the job description to which you are applying, or on their "who we are" or "our mission" section of their website - make sure you include that language in your resume. I reserved flowery writing for my cover letter, in which I "told my story": what inspired me, why I thought I was a good fit for the position, etc. To me, the resume was a boring but functional document that proved my basic qualifications - easy to read at a glance. The cover letter was my chance to make a connection and entice. I had several potential employers mention being impressed with my cover letter in the interviews, and ask questions based on it - so it was a fantastic way to have some measure of steering the interview to MY strengths. Basically, I would say to relax- there's no magic words or formula. Decide what type of resume will make you look the best on paper - chronological, functional, combination, or targeted - and make a clean, easy-to-read document.

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